A Little to the Left

Welcome to EXPlay, (Explain & Play) the review series where we care not for scores but tell it how it is when it comes to every game we get our hands on, whilst also taking the time to include some lengthy gameplay, to give you the reader, the chance to shape your own impressions and views whilst watching and reading. In this installment, we’re covering A Little to the Left by developer Max Inferno.

A Little to the Left

A Little to the Left: (The Explanation)

There is a unique genre of games, primarily indies, in the casual puzzle game about organizing your life. Unpacking, a recent indie title, taught us about organizing items in our house across multiple rooms. A Little to the Left pairs things down a bit to single screen outings. The main game play loop consists of small and seemingly simple puzzles in organizing like-colored, sized, or functioning items together to organize your life.

You may be tasked with reordering books on a shelf, items in a drawer, a tool chest, and more. Moving items around is pretty simple. You can snap to any applicable items that still need organized or move around independently using the left control stick. Picking up items and dropping them into place is simple as well with one button controls and snapping into spaces. Some items will also align to a specific point if you are close enough.

Visually, A Little to the Left does a great job of illustrating the 100s of items you will need to move around the game space. Adopting a minimalist approach to the item allows the designers to create items that are easily recognizable with standout designs and contrasts against the vibrant setting. A Little to the Left throws in an antagonist of sorts in the house cat that works hard to disrupt your organizing skills by batting away objects and temporarily stealing them.

A Little to the Left is a great casual game that checks off all of my favorite things. Simple gameplay, captivating visuals, subtle audio cues and a charming soundtrack, and an annoying cat protagonist that shows up from time to time. If you are looking for a casual game to keep you busy and have a bit of OCD A Little to the Left is a title you should pick up and play.

A Little to the Left

A Little to the Left: (The Gameplay)

Game Specifications:

A Little to the LeftDeveloper: Max Inferno
Publisher: Secret Mode
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Indie, Puzzle
No. of Players: 1 player
Release Date: November 9, 2022 (EU & NA)
File Size: 1.4 GB
Nintendo.com Listing

By jonathanober

Jonathan is a husband to Leigh, father to Morgyn and Bailey, an avid WordPress user, a website designer/developer, Eagles football fan, and a video gamer. Jonathan cut his teeth on the Commodore 64, NES, and Gameboy and hasn't looked back since. Jonathan has owned nearly ever Nintendo system and handheld to date. His favorite series include: Legend of Zelda, Mario, and Donkey Kong.

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